First few failures/what I've learned.
So I finally got everything to work on the printer. Sort of. I had some interesting failures, slowly moving towards success. So when other people finally get their printers working, some of this may help.
My first calibration print just turned out to be very very squashed, in the Z axis. I was printing the calibration piece, and all that came out was a square about .4 mm thick. I didn;t know what to attribute this to, so i changed the number of base layers to 8, and gave it another shot. Not really much changed, though it did get a little bit thicker.
Turns out, I had the build plate calibrated incorrectly. What i had been doing was, having the plate as low as possible so that when it went all the way down to G0 -200, it was pushing into the VAT.
To calibrate the build plate correctly, loosen the vertical locking knob, Put the build plate at home, then execute the G0 Z-200 F200 command. When the build plate hits the VAT, it will push the hollow cylinder up before it pushes the VAT down. This gets the z- Axis ready.
After doing that correctly, I executed another print. The build plate went up to home, then down, just like it was supposed to. (also this time i added four calibration pieces just because). The Build plate went down, and started printing correctly, but it turns out i hadnt correctly tightened the ball joint knob, and for some reason, the build plate ended up rotating quite a bit. This had a strange effect, so that some of the calibration pieces came out halfway formed and cut off at a diagonal.
I thought i was all set. I calibrated the build plate again, made sure everything was tight, and went over the build plate with my silicone spatula to make sure nothing was in there. I had the calibration print, and i added another wierd object just for fun to the slicing model. I sliced it, and hit play. the plate went up, and then back down. and started printing as i hoped. The build plate didnt rotate or anything, and by looking under the tank, up at the layers, i could see everything curing. The timer said a little under 2 hours so i left.
Turns out, The viewsonic projector decided to disconnect at two different points during the print. This made for some wierd effects, and a failed print, as you can see in the photos. But yea. Sometimes the projector disconnects (or effectively reboots?) and shows a blank blue screen, so my entire build plate showed this wierd viewsonic home screen. You can actually see the text printed on there. Very strange.
I'm going to tweak my sleep settings as i have a feeling this may have been the problem, but all in all, dont leave the printer. It will misbehave.
Last thing, there are a lot of bubbles when i print, and i worry if this going to cause problems...